Real Madrid – Barcelona
The big El Classico is approaching again because on Sunday Real Madrid will host Barcelona will host Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish capital.
This spectacle arrives in a moment when these two powerhouses of Spanish football are fighting for the La Liga title. At this moment Barca are leading the standings in La Liga with 55 points, but being just two points ahead of the second Real Madrid. That’s why this match promises a lot of excitement.
For Real Madrid this edition of the El Classico comes in a complicated moment. Los Blancos won just one of their last five games in all competitions, which comes to tell us that Zinedine Zidane and his players are facing some problems with their performance at the moment.
Another proof for that we saw on Friday when Real Madrid hosted Manchester City at the Bernabeu in the Champions League and suffered a 1-2 loss – a result which makes the English team a favourite in the tie.
Once again Real Madrid are without their star summer signing Eden Hazard. The Belgian star could miss the rest of the season with an injury.
For Barcelona’s new manager Quique Setien this is going to be a first El Classico so far. Barca won all of their last four matches in La Liga, which helped them to overtake Real Madrid at the top. During the week the Catalans also had a game in the Champions League, doing a strategic 1-1 draw during their visit to Napoli in Italy. Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal in the game.
We all know very well Barcelona’s problems right now – Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele are injured, which leaves Setien with fewer options in attack. It’s very likely to see again Arturo Vidal helping Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann in attack.
Everytime when Real Madrid and Barcelona play we see a spectacle. We don’t expect anything different right now. This is a match for the first place in La Liga and it’s going to be great.